Texas Orchids: Thanks for sharing...

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Texas Orchids

By Horntoad
October 19, 2014

When you think of orchids, you probably think of the tropical variety. They are often found in “big box” store garden centers or used in corsages. But there are 25,000 to 30,000 species of orchids in the world, and at least 10,000 of these grow in the tropics. Orchids have been found on every continent except Antarctica. There are even a few species that grow above the Arctic Circle.

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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oct 18, 2014 9:39 PM CST
I'm located north of the Big Thicket and in 2010 was delighted to find a clump of the Crippled Crane Fly orchids growing in the woods near my house.

I watched the plants periodically in hopes of catching the blooms but have never seen it bloom. I've also never noticed an old bloom stalk on the plant but it has distinctive and very attractive foliage.

I am delighted to see a photo of the blooms and wanted to thank you for sharing the article and the photos. When I identified the one I found, I was amazed to see how many different wild orchids are located through out the east Texas area. Thank You!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Oct 18, 2014 9:51 PM CST
I discovered the Grass Pink growing along the Sundew Trail in the Big Thicket Preserve nearly 30 years ago. But this year is the first time I have been able to find any of the other orchids that grow here. The preserve I mentioned in the article is Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve located on Hyatt Lake about 4 mile south of Warren.

Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oct 19, 2014 7:25 AM CST
I'd love to still be young enough to explore for new plants like that but... I'm sticking closer to home these days. I'm probably 100 miles north of there and near Toledo Bend. It is always fun to find a treasure though. Thanks for sharing.

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